Halloween (31 October) is synonymous with horror movies, haunted attractions, trick-or-treating, and costume parties. It certainly makes Halloween one of the most festive “hallmark holidays” of the year. Although considered a Western holiday, a number of Asian countries have certainly made Halloween their own. In Singapore, there are a number of notable locations where Singaporeans and tourists alike can celebrate the spooky holiday such as Universal Studios Singapore (USS) at Sentosa and the Night Safari. But if you are looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween, we have just the thing for you. In this article, we are listing down the top countries in Asia where Singaporeans can celebrate a truly memorable Halloween in 2016.
As the land of cosplay and anime, one would think that Japan has long adapted Halloween into their calendar. But it’s only recently that they have embraced the holiday. Popular mostly amongst young adults, Halloween in Japan has become a must for Halloween fans. Where should you celebrate? Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing has become a well-known and unofficial street party for Halloween. With pedestrians decked out in their best Halloween costumes, it is definitely a sight to see. Another alternative is to go to the Halloween Horror Night in Universal Studios Japan. Different from what we’re used to in USS Halloween, the Halloween attractions in USJ is that it is primarily focuses on its top attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
2. Hong Kong
Hong Kong is also another great destination to visit during Halloween. From night club costume parties to theme park haunted parks, there are so many different Halloween events in Hong Kong that will suit the whole family. Families can enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland’s Halloween Celebrations and Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest. HK Disneyland has tons of events for Halloween. Young kids will enjoy the Mickey Mouse themed events such as the Mickey & Friends Costume Party and Disney Trick-or Treat. Older kids, on the other hand, can enjoy attractions such as Villains Night Out and The Nightmare Experiment. Much like Singapore’s Night Safari, Halloween also comes to the marine animals in Ocean Park HK. This year they’re commemorating the Ghostbusters reboot with themed attractions in the Park. Adults can also enjoy the spooky Halloween festivities with the Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party. It’s the largest outdoor Halloween street party destination that you wouldn’t want to miss.
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3. The Philippines
Halloween is also a huge celebration in the Philippines. With trick-or-treating and horror movies being the norm this time of year, there are a lot of places in the Philippines to celebrate the Halloween festivities. Clubs and hotels come alive with their own unique spin on the spooky holiday. Families with small kids will enjoy KidZania Manila’s Halloween celebration with an exciting and fun filled treasure hunt. For those looking for more grown up celebrations, head on over to Boracay, the Philippines’ famed Party Island. Celebrate Halloween decked out in your best costume and enjoy bar hopping along the white powder soft shores of Boracay. Do note that the 1st and 2nd of November are public holidays in the Philippines. Most establishments might be closed during this time. Make sure you have an itinerary set and you are equipped with the best holiday insurance in case of any flight delays or cancellations.
Thailand is normally a great destination to visit during Halloween, however, due to the recent passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej the country will be in mourning for 30 days. It is best to avoid travelling to Thailand during this period. If you already have a booking, do check with your travel insurance provider regarding cancellation policies.